Monthly Archives: October 2011

Can happiness be measured?

by Zubeida Mustafa

NOT widely noticed internationally, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in July declaring “happiness was critical in advancing economic growth and social progress”. The “pursuit of happiness” was described as a “fundamental (universal) human goal”.
Psychologists have Continue reading

15 Comments | Posted in Development and Poverty, Mental health, Social Issues |

Violence: beyond statistics

By Zubeida Mustafa

A NEW book that is making waves in the West these days is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Written by Harvard’s professor of psychology Steven Pinker, the book argues that “violence has declined over long stretches of time, and today we may be living in the most ‘peaceable era in our species’ existence”. Continue reading

7 Comments | Posted in Media, Mental health, Social Issues, Terrorism and Violence |

Life begins at 60

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

Retirement is now another phase that can be added to the seven ages of Man that Shakespeare wrote about. Its concept has changed radically, considering that medical science has added years and health to life.

Today people don’t ‘retire’ in the conventional sense of withdrawing from active life to wait for the inevitable end. Most people remain as active in their later years as they have been in any of their other ‘ages’. But the nature and intensity of their activities change. If there is one word I can use to describe this phase of life, it is ‘liberated’.
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6 Comments | Posted in Health, Social Issues |

The burka debate

by Zubeida Mustafa

IT is a debate that is unending and can go on ad infinitum. The object of this global controversy is the contentious hijab that has had as many supporters as detractors. The arguments Continue reading

27 Comments | Posted in Culture and the Arts, Islamisation, Social Issues, Women |

A nation of 335 million?

by Zubeida Mustafa

MORE than climate change, more than the depletion of fresh water supply, a fast population growth rate is the key element which will determine the survival of humankind. Continue reading

23 Comments | Posted in Population, Social Issues, Women |